Archive for February 7th, 2006

Everybody Loves a Carnival

February 7, 2006 @ 5:58 am | Filed under:

Check out the new Carnival list in the left sidebar! (Right below the Recent Comments.) I’ll be updating daily. This week’s Carnival of Homeschooling went up yesterday at Why Homeschool. And don’t miss the latest Carnival of Literature!

Submissions for the next Carnival of Education are due today, and you may submit a post to the next Carnival of Unschooling through Feb. 9th. Saturday is the deadline for submissions to the first Carnival of Children’s Literature. Some great posts have already come in—this is going to be fun!

I Know that School; It’s a Good One

February 7, 2006 @ 2:52 am | Filed under:

I wonder if Chesterton had read any Charlotte Mason?

…the French have an incomparable idiom for a boy playing truant: “Il fait l’école buissonnière”—he goes to the bushy school, or the school among the bushes….How admirably this “bushy school” expresses half the modern notions of a more natural education! The two words express the whole poetry of Wordsworth, the whole philosophy of Thoreau, and are quite as good literature as either.

—G. K. Chesterton,
Charles Dickens: The Last of the Great Men

A Great Day for Birthdays

February 7, 2006 @ 2:46 am | Filed under: ,

You just know I had to mention this today! It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday. She was born on February 7, 1867, in that famous little house in the Big Woods near Pepin, Wisconsin.

As it happens, Charles Dickens was born on the same day, 55 years earlier, just a few months before the U.S. reached its boiling point and declared war on Great Britain, launching the War of 1812. Laura’s maternal grandmother, Charlotte Tucker, was not quite three years old when Dickens was born. Dickens died in 1870, when Laura was three. Jane finds this to be an interesting symmetry.

Click here for more famous folks born on February 7th. Among them are John Deere of tractor fame (1804), the German composer Ernst Franck (1847), novelist Sinclair Lewis (1885), and Hrafnhildur Hafsteinsdottir, Iceland’s 1996 Miss Universe winner (1976). (Okay, so I’ve never heard of her before. Who could resist that name!)